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Nick Ciolino/KDLG

Longtime Bristol Bay fisherman Hector Sanchez of f/v El Nayar hauled in more salmon than ever this year, and it was his daughter Toni Sanchez's first year as a crew member.

Russian adventurers honor history during Dillingham visit

Jul 24, 2017
Allison Mollenkamp

A group of Russian adventurers plans to retrace the route taken by a historic explorer in the age of Russian America.

Nick Ciolino / KDLG

Two on board de Havilland Beaver walked away after crash Friday morning in Dillingham.

Sam Mercurio skippers the f/v Quick Silver, a Bristol Bay drift boat fishing for Alaska General Seafoods. He is also part-owner of a Italian seafood restaurant in Monterey, California called Domenico’s On the Wharf.

Prince William Sound nears last year's total pink harvest

Jul 21, 2017

After a historically dismal year for pinks, both in the sound and statewide, this year's run seems to be shaping up to meet expectations, and even on an odd year will soon surpass last year's total catch.

Zoey Laird / KDLG

Reuben Hastings, Kvichak Aspelund, and Riley Lyon are three of more than a dozen graduates of the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing & Guide Academy working in the industry this summer. While it is much different than commercial fishing, taking clients to Bristol Bay's world famous trout streams and king salmon rivers is good work, pays well, and can open a world of possibilities right in local kids' backyard.

Annual Fishtival underway in Naknek this weekend

Jul 21, 2017
KDLG

The annual Fishtival begins Thursday in the Bristol Bay Borough. It will celebrate a busy salmon season with arts, crafts, music and a parade through Sunday.

Final season thoughts from BBRSDA board member

Jul 21, 2017
Caitlin Tan / KDLG

With the end of a season comes reflection, anticipation of prices and prep for next year. Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board member Larry Christensen offered thoughts while he was tied up for some quick repairs last week.

The fish are still here: a beach tender ride along

Jul 21, 2017
Caitlin Tan / KDLG

The salmon run is slowing up a bit in the Naknek-Kvichak, but it’s not over yet. The openers are on fall hours now, which keeps beach tenders busy collecting fish all day long.

Frustrated and fearful Kvichak River village questions why killer roams free awaiting possible homicide charges to be filed after Friday night killing.

"Worst offender" given 5 years after repeated DUI offenses

Jul 20, 2017
DPD

Judge Tina Reigh sentenced Basil Backford, 44, to a flat five year sentence following sixth conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol.

International Maritime Organization

At their July meeting, the Marine Environmental Protection Committee, a committee of the United Nations agency that regulates international shipping, adopted a proposal to address environmental risks heavy fuel oil could pose in the Arctic. Heavy fuel oil is already banned in Antarctic waters.

Mike Davis

Mother Nature sent way more sockeye back to Bristol Bay than was expected, and many fishermen recorded their top seasons ever. As other fisheries fall short, the market is eager for all the fish the Bay can provide, so the fleet goes home with a better price, too. The ex-vessel value may be the highest since early 90s.

Since June, an increasing number of New Stuyahok homes have been dealing with low or no water pressure. It is unclear when water will be restored.

City of Manokotak implements fish tax

Jul 18, 2017

Manokotak implemented a fish tax this season as part of their annexation of Igushik.

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